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In Ward 4, Election Buzz Is Politics As Usual

Adams-Simmons and Royster say that their goals are similar -- to increase participation of registered Democrats in the ward's political group without regard to ethnic, gender, age or geographical boundaries.

"This whole division issue is passe," Royster said. "We're building unity in Ward 4 around issues of common concerns."

The following candidates are on Adams-Simmons's slate: first vice president, Dwayne Revis; second vice president, Sara Green; treasurer, Tony Towns; financial secretary, Darren Buckner; recording secretary, Andra Wicks; and corresponding secretary, Doug Payton. Payton, who works for Bowser, said he decided to run before the Bowser-Royster slate was organized.

On Royster's slate: first vice president Joshua Lopez; second vice president, Terry Goings; recording secretary, Ayana Rockett; corresponding secretary, Shanel Anthony; treasurer, Lamont Harrell; and financial secretary, Samantha Nolan.

Political Elite Back Obama

Sen. Barack Obama made headlines this week with the news that he has raised $32.5 million in the past three months for his presidential campaign. He is the first Democrat to raise more than $30 million in a three-month period during a non-election year.

The presidential hopeful got an assist from the District's political elite. Behind-the-scenes power broker Jim Hudson led an effort for Obama that collected $600,000 and endorsements from three D.C. Council members -- Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Obama called Hudson, who also co-chaired Adrian Fenty's mayoral campaign, "an outstanding counselor [and] leader."

"Jim helped me get to where I am," Obama said at a fundraiser last week at the National Music Center and Museum (the new name for the old District museum on K Street). He also gave credit to Anne Ashmore-Hudson, Jim Hudson's wife. "You don't want to mess with Anne," Obama said to laughter.

During Obama's address, he summoned the three council members to the stage. "I've got to give them some special props," he said.

Wells said he endorsed Obama because the candidate hearkens back to a time in American history when big changes were made. "He's our Bobby Kennedy," Wells said in an interview.

Obama also talked about the significance of his possible election. "It's not that often that you get to put your shoulder against history," he said.

In attendance were a host of the District's new, young leaders: developers Larry Clark and Jair Lynch; Tene Dolphin, Fenty's chief of staff; Benjamin Soto, a board member for the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission; Darryl Wiggins, an entrepreneur and local campaign manager; and lobbyist J.R. Clark.

A Book Fenty Could Love

The Notebook got an advance copy of Miami-Dade County public schools Superintendent Rudolph F. Crew's first book, which carries the somewhat awkward title: "Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools."

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